The guidance states: "The First Minister has instructed that the European flag is flown from SG buildings."This will be on a daily basis except for
The guidance states: “The First Minister has instructed that the European flag is flown from SG buildings.
“This will be on a daily basis except for specific flag-flying dates.”
It continues: “All other requests to fly flags must be cleared in advance by the First Minister and via the Protocol and Honours Team.
“Her Majesty The Queen may give a special command to fly flags.”
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The main Scottish Government buildings are Victoria Quay, St Andrews House and Saughton House in Edinburgh, and Atlantic Quay in Glasgow.
Scottish Conservative External Affairs spokesperson Donald Cameron said: “This is the sort of token gesture politics that the SNP revel in.
“As ever, they’re more interested in the subject of flags than tackling the real issues facing Scotland.”
The start of the dispute over the EU flag in Scotland dates back to pre-Brexit times.
Before the UK’s departure from the bloc, the Scottish parliamentary corporate body (SPCB) — a management group made up of members of each of Holyrood’s parties — ruled the EU flag should be lowered at 11pm on January 31, 2020, the moment Brexit would be officially done.
Explaining why the Government aimed to overturn the SPCB’s decision, Fiona Hyslop, the then-cabinet secretary for culture, tourism and external affairs, argued the flag was “an opportunity for the Scottish Parliament to stand firm in solidarity with the 230,000 EU citizens who live in Scotland”.
Not without controversy, the Scottish Government narrowly won a vote to keep the EU flag flying over the Edinburgh Parliament building.
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Mr Cameron, further criticising the matters Ms Sturgeon’s team is dedicating their time to, added: “All their focus should be on our recovery from Covid, rather than on obsessing over constitutional matters.”
Ms Sturgeon on Wednesday confirmed Scotland has “turned the corner on the Omicron wave” and announced virus restrictions are to be eased from Monday, January 24.
People are still being asked to work from home and to take lateral flow tests before meeting others.
However, social distancing rules will be dropped, large indoor events will resume, and nights clubs will open their doors.
Over the past seven days, 55,572 cases were reported in Scotland, with 8,495 cases confirmed on Wednesday.
There have been 27 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours.